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Code of Conduct Workflow Discussions

SOTM - OSGeo CoC Implementation BoF Session - 5 June 2015

Some notes from our discussion - Consider adding CoC to RFP for all upcoming OSGeo events

-- not sure how to deal w/ this retroactively / for ongoing projects

- Would it be possible to codify/package CoC implementation ideas/methods

- Need to make sure that we engage a variety of people in these discussions; different cultural contexts/backgrounds

- Remember that moderators (for listservs, of etc) need support and resources for dealing w/ difficult situations

- OSM/F as an example of a place where support might be needed; consider joining to support this type of work in that venue, perhaps...

- Not going to come up with the full process today but going to organize “To-Dos”, focus on OSGeo

- Different groups deal with enforcement in different ways.

- OSM has a mailing list policy buried in the wiki somewhere (so buried I couldn’t find it)

- open forum enforces the status quo

to do's - Form a code of conduct committee in OSGeo; purpose is (1) Knowledge transfer year to year (2) Deal with enforcement

- Checklists to create: (1) reporting guidelines (2) incident reports

-The code of conduct should be part of the RFP template for the FOSS4G conference process; (1) have suggestions/guidelines (2) part of the application will state how the organizers will implement the code of conduct (part of RFP scoring)

- Split up the pieces -- figure out how to trickle CoC into all aspects of the organization (Conferences, mailing lists, IRC, etc.)

- Process of projects joining OSGeo be comply with CoC

Proposed MAJOR next step:

Consider creating a formal Code of Conduct committee to formally handle creating reporting guidelines, responding to incidents, enforcing the CoC (including creating language and identifying actions for dealing with the perpetrators of incidents, tracking warned or suspended individuals over time (institutional knowledge), deciding when to allow suspended individuals back to OSGeo spaces (events, listservs, etc).


Reporting Guidelines








Language/Actions for Dealing with Banned Person

Sample Language When Banned Person Attempts to Register

Dear Name

Thank you for your interest in attending This Event. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate your attendance at this event. We apologize for the inconvenience, and have issued a full refund to your credit card.

Many thanks

Event Organizer

Keeping Track of Banned Individuals

Source: (note: value in tracking, but concerns about having history be public-facing)

When/How to Let Banned People Come Back